Christian would love this...
How has the last week been? Were you fired with enthusiasm for your newly-hatched wishes and intentions after the New Moon (NM) only to start feeling a bit lost/nervous/unsure about them during the Waxing Crescent stage (see previous post)? This certainly happened to me. How on earth am I going to make my wishes come true? However, tonight (31st May) I feel more excited than anything else as I look forward to tomorrow's First Quarter Moon, followed 4 days later by the Gibbous Moon. This next week requires some motoring; the ramping up of emotions is to be expected. I'm sure the path I'm supposed to take will open up before me and I just have to jump at every opportunity presented and manoeuvre around obstacles.
First Quarter Moon - 1st June: Now is the time to commit, says Yasmin Bolan, author of Moonolgy (the book I'm using to work out the varying energies of the lunar cycle).
Keywords are: challenges, confidence and commitment.
What you commit to can change at this time. If you're really unsure about your NM goals, then you can let go of them and come up with alternative plans. If you're happy with your intentions for this lunar cycle, then redouble your efforts. There will be obstacles ahead, but they only serve to strengthen your commitment to your dreams. Life is never meant to be easy. It's especially important at this time to re-feel, re-visualise and re-imagine the NM emotions you wish to manifest. Action stations.
Gibbous Moon - 5th June: So, the Moon is bulging. It's time for stamina.
Keywords, according to Tamsin, are tweak, hone and adjust.
It's more than likely you'll think of giving up - you get scared, your ego will try and talk you out of plans. But stay the course, dig deep and notice what life is throwing at you. Learn from your experiences/mistakes; make some changes - even re-write the whole plan. Momentum is the key now and anything which has run out of steam will not carry you through the next phase which is the full-on Full Moon on 9th June.
This week will probably feel like quite a struggle, but it's important to crank up the emotions and intentions. Dream big. See you in a week's time.
Christian would love this...
I take my dog out every night around 10pm for her last wee before bed. I walk down the high street in the village and most nights - before I tracked the Moon's phases - I would notice the Moon. On a clear night, it would be difficult to miss, yet I never connected with this rock orbiting our home.
I saw, but didn't really see.
Skip back three months. I had decided to start looking after myself after an exhausting year (re-)searching for my missing brother, Christian, when I came across a book called Moonology by astrologer, Yasmin Boland. Now, it doesn't bother me how I connect with Nature, just as long as I do, and Yasmin's book provided the portal I needed to focus on, and benefit from, the Moon - one of the constants in our lives, even when we cannot see her. I say 'her', because in astrology the Moon rules femininity, emotions, instincts, needs, nurturing, home, the past, roots, safety and the subconscious. Perfect for me at the time!
The first thing to understand about the Moon is the lunar cycle - the 29.5 day movement of the Moon as it orbits around our Earth. If you'd like a quick resume about how the phases of the moon occur, then take a look at the film below:
I don't know about you, but just knowing the Moon is always there, even when she's hiding from us is reassuring. Nature, in the universal sense, carries on regardless of what's happening on Earth, or in our own minuscule lives. I can now look at the Moon and know that my brother is also looking at the same Moon - it's something we can share, even when we're apart.
It might have been easy for me to just track the eight phases of the Moon each night on my dog walk, but there's much more fun to be had. Connect, then explore. Yasmin's book gives guidance on how you, as a mere mortal (my words) can harness the energies of the lunar cycle to transform your life: "the more you're in tune with the Moon, the more easily life will flow." It works for biodynamic farmers/growers, so why not for us?!
In this first part of four blog posts, I will be concentrating on the New Moon and Waxing Crescent Moon phase - the first week of the lunar cycle. This is where, according to Yasmin's monthly routine, you plant the seeds of your future dreams and allow them to blossom and flourish. It all might sound too much for some of you, but I've been 'working with' the Moon for two months and I've seen incredible changes in my life. Not only can I now understand why I have two weeks of energy and drive and then two weeks of drifting and contemplation (which is mentally reassuring), but I have also re-connected with Nature, resulting in this blog, and subsequently found some peace with my current brotherly situation (I should add here, that I don't just rely on the lunar cycle, but, for the past six months, have been using yoga, meditation and rituals to ground myself - which I may reveal if there's enough interest.)
So, perhaps you'd like to try connecting with lunar energies yourself this lunar cycle and see where it takes you? You can dive as deep as you wish or just swim on the surface and notice the shifting emotions during the month.
The next New Moon (in the UK) begins on 25th May and this particular one is associated with Gemini, which highlights communications (what you're saying, how you're listening, how effective your communication is), travel, neighbours (socialise) and siblings. (You may notice that I've chosen to share this post with you now for a reason!)
New Moon: Around the time of the New Moon feels strange to me as you can't see her, but it's a time of brewing behind the scenes. This is when you 'make wishes and set your intentions for the month ahead'. Think: clean slate, potential and dreams, says Yasmin. Exciting times!
You have to be really clear about what you want, though - really feel it - and that's why I've given you a few days' thinking time! Yasmin gives some 'golden rules' for the wishes/intentions (she suggests up to 10 wishes, but I've only concentrated on two or three at a time):
1) Make them from the heart and feel that they have already happened. Fake it, until you make it. The Moon is all about emotions/feelings.
2) Think about what you do want, not what you don't want. Believe you can get that feeling. However, wishes motivated by envy and greed are not good.
3) Forget about what you don't want. Write down, or draw, what you do want (drawing will help you visualise and feel what you want).
4) Take baby steps - don't just wish to be rich/famous/pain-free, but split the wish into stepping stones which can be reached each month.
5) We need to be grateful for what we already have, before wishing for more.
6) Don't wish for a specific person... they have to want to be in your life!
7) Don't wish for someone to change - wish instead for you to change emotionally.
8) Do believe you're worthy of your wishes.
9) Don't become too attached to your wishes, as the Universe might have a better idea for you than the one you have in mind. Release your desires.
If you want to know more, Yasmin's website is www.moonology.com (I have no connection to Yasmin, by the way; I'm just passing on ideas which have helped me connect with Nature.)
Keep an eye on the Moon and notice your emotions/feelings during the next week. I'm not sure if you have to keep your wishes/intentions secret, so I won't share mine, but you can probably guess the theme. The second instalment will cover the First Quarter Moon and the Gibbous Moon: time to commit & stay on course...
Nurtured by Nature: Connect / Explore / Flourish / Disperse.